Today in Southern History: Day Two at Gettysburg

2 July 1863  

On this date in 1863…

The Battle of Gettysburg continued to rage with Confederate assaults on Little & Big Round Tops, Devil’s Den, the Wheatfield, the Peach Orchard, Cemetery Hill and Culp’s Hill at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Other Years:
  • 1776 – Richard Henry Lee of Virginia’s resolution that the American colonies “are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States” was adopted by the Continental Congress.
  • 1810 – Confederate statesman and general, Robert Augustus Toombs was born in Washington, Georgia.
  • 1843 – An alligator fell from sky during a thunderstorm into the streets of Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 1947 – An object crashed near Roswell, New Mexico that the U.S. Army Air Force insisted was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts claimed was an alien spacecraft.
  • 1962 – The first Wal-Mart Discount City opened in Rogers, Arkansas.
  • 1964 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction.
  • 1980 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter re-instated draft registration for males 18 years of age. 
  • 1998 – Atlanta-based CNN retracted a story it aired  that alleged that U.S. troops had used nerve gas to kill American defectors during the Vietnam War. 

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